Position Purpose: The Director of Advancement is responsible for developing strategy and implementing fund-raising plans to meet the school’s goals for annual, grant and endowment fundraising, as directed by the Board of Trustees and Head of School. The Director of Advancement is also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with parents, alumni, prospects, donors, and business leaders whose commitment to the school is important for its present and future success. The Director of Advancement has primary responsibility for all school fund-raising activities, and oversees the Director of Communications and the Advancement/Communications Administrative Assistant. The Director of Advancement promotes school image in the community, as defined by the Board of Trustees and the Head of School.
Essential Job Duties/Responsibilities:
Develop, in consultation with the Head of School and relevant administrative staff, a multiple year fund-raising strategy that supports the School’s financial plans, endowment needs and other funding objectives, as established by the Board of Trustees and Head of School.
Oversee or prepare and implement specific plans for Advancement, encompassing but not limited to: annual restricted and unrestricted fundraising from all school constituencies; foundation grants, corporate giving and sponsorship; major individual gifts and grants; special events; public relations and constituent communications; alumni relations and activities; stewardship and cultivation of all prospects; and, planned gift programs.
Develop and implement Annual Fund strategy to meet annual fund-raising goals. Recruit, train, and assign Annual Fund volunteers. Develop materials and plan logistics for phone-a-thon and thank-a-thon. Identify major gift prospects and assign evaluations. Work with key staff and volunteers to create cultivation and solicitation strategies. Write, edit and produce solicitation letters and other Annual Fund campaign materials. Plan Advancement special events, including Grandparents Day, Major Donor Party, and Lunch and Learn.
Ensure that resources are in place to support the school’s long-term financial stability by designing and implementing strategies for raising funds to support current and future
Working with the Director of Communications, oversee the production of the Insights Annual Report and the monthly Howard Highlights
Oversee solicitation efforts for Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program; design strategy and prepare solicitations.
Identify, cultivate, steward major donors, and develop strategies to expand the current base of philanthropic revenue sources for the school.
Create a strategy and identify prospective donors for planned giving.
Plan and implement, in cooperation with the Director of Communications and the Director of Admissions, a comprehensive long-range marketing and communications plan including outreach into the community and internal and external Review, evaluate, and update this plan as needed. Represent the school and be an active participant in the community. Maintain relationships with local and regional schools.
Oversee and approve all branding for the school in coordination with the Director of Communications.
Approve and monitor Parents Association fund-raising activities. Attend Parents Association meetings. Plan annual Volunteer Appreciation event.
Oversee Advancement Department budget including all donation and payables processing. Provide organizational and administrative support for the Board of Trustees and its committees.
Work with the Development Committee Chair to set fundraising agendas, provide data, and coordinate all fundraising efforts.
Supervise the Communications Director and Advancement/Communications Assistant by defining responsibilities, overseeing work activities, providing appropriate continuing education and ensuring high productivity and positive staff interactions.
Keeps educated about the life of the school, interfacing with faculty, parents and alumni frequently
Serve as a member of the Leadership Team.
Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree and a minimum of seven (7) years Advancement experience preferred.
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years Advancement experience required.
Proven Track record of raising funds from individuals and foundations.
Demonstrated senior leadership with strategic, policy, and budget planning experience.
Successful fundraising experience with cultivating, engaging, and expanding donor relationships with a wide variety of donors.
Strong interpersonal, organizational, networking, facilitation and management skills; work both independently and within a team-oriented structure.
Experience in independent school setting preferred.
Ability to write, edit and design for departmental publications.
Public speaking experience, excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Innovative and entrepreneurial approach, including solutions to complex issues. Exercise good judgment and decision making. Ability to work well under pressure. Ability to reason, think creatively, and problem solve.
Requires some work in evenings and weekends as well as travel.
The Howard School educates students with language-based learning disabilities and learning differences through instruction designed to complement and address each student’s individual needs, and to help each student understand and advocate for his or her own learning process. The curriculum focuses on depth of understanding to make learning meaningful and therefore, maximize educational success.